I will start my next record breaking challenge this fall: the world's longest triathlon, from Munich to Munich via the world. During my challenge I will cover the distance of 120 Ironmans (roughly 40.000 kilometers/24 900 miles) – with a minimal CO2 footprint.
Starting in Munich on September 26th 2020, I will cycle to Croatia. From there I will swim 456 kilometers (283 miles) along the coast towards Montenegro. Back on the bike, I’ll cross Europe and Asia until I hit the Chinese coast where I’ll be jumping onto a sailing boat across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco. The next stage will be running 5040 kilometers (3132 miles) across North America to New York. On board of yet another sailing boat, I’ll then cross the Atlantic Ocean to Lisbon and finally, I'll be cycling back to Munich, where I set off around 10 months earlier.
You can follow my daily progress and cheer me on in this Collection!
Cold water temperatures today after the heavy rain yesterday. I swam along the island all day until reaching the end and then cross the bay into Split. It's a perfect calm sea in the evening and surprisingly few boats making the crossing much safer than I had expected.
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Cold and rainy day. After saying goodbye to my dad and Markus who are going back to Germany/Switzerland I swam out of Trogir along the coast. Not for long though as wind and high waves soon made any further progress impossible. Found a cozy sleeping spot on the beach and hope for better conditions tomorrow to cross the bay into split. I will be on my own until Dubrovnik now where I will meet up again with Markus and hopefully with my dad on the pacific crossing on a sailing boat 🤗.
Day 26: full speed today with a nice tailwind and almost 10 km done 🏊♂️💪
I have been crossing one bay after another today, being far from shore almost all day. Open sea crossings were sth. I was very uncomfortable with at the beginning but got used to it.
A later start today due to headwinds in the morning but a nice swim in the afternoon crossing several bays. Caught up again with my dad and Markus, who were anchoring their boat in the bay I was swimming across, and we made a little land excursion to see the sunset from a mountain. Beautiful view 🤩.
Now I am three more days from Split and the 200 km mark... the current record for the longest swimpacking journey hold by Sean Conway.
Rough sea today but 12 km done 💪🏊♂️.
Got some problems with jellyfish who stung me into the face twice and I am having stomach problems after swallowing too much salt water 🙄.
Though a beautiful spot for the night and getting close to Split 💪.
Continuing to make use of the nice weather with 11 km 🏊♂️. I had a long 6 km crossing in the morning to an Island followed by a tough afternoon with crosswinds and waves. I swallowed a lot of water and was shivering and completely exhausted when I got on shore in the old town of Primosten.
I also got a visit by my dad and Markus from TransOst who are currently sailing in Croatia and are filming for the film with ravir film Dresden. Of course they aren‘t carrying my raft but its great to have a bit of company after the past weeks on my own and I hiked into the bay where they were anchoring to visit the boat for a beer and dinner 🍻🤗.
Giving me a little treat with a 5-star-hotel last night 🤩.
A soft and cosy bed with a down feather blanket, ocean view and a huge swimming pool just a few meters away 🏊♂️.
Today was a long day in the Office with over 14 km 💪🏊♂️💪. I crossed the bay of Sibenik via a few islands. Long crossings with boat traffic and 4 km at open sea was a bit scary but luckily there was a calm sea. High waves in the evening that cost lot of energy but otherwise a beautiful day in the water. Now I am on Zlarin Island and cross over the mainland in the morning, getting close to Split and the halfway mark in a few days 🤗💪.
Perfect conditions today with sun and a calm sea. I swam almost all day at open sea from Island to island. Was a bit difficult to navigate and find my route as I can't access my komoot app when I am offshore. Managed over 10 km again, feeling strong 💪🏊♂️💪.
More islands to come tomorrow including a 4 km crossing to Zlarin Island, hoping for a calm sea as those long crossings are terrifying with high waves.
Good progress yesterday on a nice and sunny day with a calm sea and perfect swimming conditions 🏊♂️💪🏊♂️.
I have now reached the 100 km mark in the water, almost a quarter of the swimming done 💪. The longest ever unsupported swim so far has been done by adventure legend Sean Conway who pioneered the concept of swimming with a raft during his 200 km swim along the British coast. A record that soon will be broken 😅💪💪.
Rough conditions out there today with strong headwinds and waves.
Picture taken with a GoPro Hero 8 👌.
A cosy night under the pine tree 😊. 8 kilometers done yesterday with strong winds blowing away from the coast. Had a scary moment when I realised that I am drifting off into the sea. Took me around 10 mimutes of full power to get close to shore again. Now approaching Biograd 💪.
I made it past Zadar. Keeping up my speed with two 12 kilometer swims the past two days. Yesterday I swam around the City of Zadar. While the oldtown is beautiful its super dangerous for swimming. There were too many boats, marinas and a big Industrial port that I had to walk around.
A lot of People think that sharks are a Main risk for me. They are probably around but there are less than ten deadly shark attacks a year in the world – dont watch too many scary movies 🤣.
The risk of boats however is very real. They are so much faster than me and I am barely visible in the waves. Crossing a Marina feels like running across a German highway.
But with Zadar behind its now all nice swimming to Dubrovnik 🏊♂️🏊♂️. 380 kilometers to go 🙈💪.
The longest day so far with 16 kilometers in 9 hours of swimming 🏊♂️💪💪.
Super tough with crosswinds in the morning and high waves in the evening but otherwise warm and sunny conditions. I have now reached the main coast and have left the sparsely populated Velabit canal and Pag Island behind, so finding food and sleeping spots will become easier. But my body continous to suffer from the saltwater with several open wounds, skin inflamation and a massive callorie deficit since I cant eat in the water with the high waves. Making a push into Zadar tomorrow 💪.
I wonder why unsupported swimming hasn't become popular like bikepacking 🤔🤣.
After I managed to swim eleven kilometers yesterday, the sea is calm today. But new challenges are waiting for me. Yesterday evening it was the difficult search for a place to sleep, today I had some physical problems. Today I swam under the big bridge and am now approaching the end of the Velebit Channel, where hopefully some more infrastructure awaits me. I suffer quite a bit from a large cut in my foot, inflamed skin and stomach problems because I swallowed a lot of salt water. Better times are coming, for sure 🏊💪💪.
Today I swam over to the island of Pag, hoping to find a protected place to sleep. But that seems to be impossible here, so I lay down on a rock and slept there until the rain woke me up and it became somehow uncomfortable in my sleeping bag...
A rough sea at noon but great conditions in the evening. And a wonderful sleeping spot with a Private harbour for my Equipment raft 😍. I am now approaching the canal that leads me past the island of Pag towards Zadar. Hoping for good wind conditions to make the crossing tomorrow afternoon.
Part 2 of my swimming odyssey. :)
Here you can find a video clip with impressions out of the water: facebook.com/JonasDeichmannAdventures/videos/328292648235218